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The Wright Mansion held wine and beer-tasting fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Here, Debby Frailey provides an overview of the items being sold by the Whoo Hoo Sisterhood at the Wright Mansion event.

Under the direction of Altamont Grade School art teacher Stacey Zerrusen, first through sixth grade students placed 400 pinwheels for peace on the grounds of the school on Monday, Sept. 21. The event was part of the larger Pinwheels for Peace project.

Through generous anonymous donations, Altamont Lutheran Interparish School eighth grade students recently received Chromebooks for their use. Given that Altamont High School students also use the technology, this gift will prepare students for matriculation next fall. Pictured, clockwise from top left, are Denver Duckwitz, Noah Teasley, Anna Koberlein, and Aidan Jahraus.

The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 9-mile Gut Check Walk/Run was held on Saturday, Sept. 19, with a total of 130 participants registered. Pictured are family members of Jon Gibson, from left: Xander Gibson, Joann Lake, Mike Lake, Makayun Gibson, Chrissy Gibson, and Sandy Ricke.

These volunteers fill bags with produce for over 300 people at the St. Elmo mobile food pantry led by volunteers from several organizations.


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Gibson remembered with a 9-mile run/walk Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 September 2015 13:48


The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 9-mile Gut Check Walk/Run was held on Saturday, Sept. 19, with a total of 130 participants registered.

The walkers and runners gathered at the American Legion in Vandalia and began the trek to the Brownstown VWF Post 9770--the end of the 9-mile trek. There they were given a lunch and were joined by supporters of the event, who did not participate in the run.

A photograph of CW03 Jonathon S. Gibson, U.S. Navy pilot of the Screaming Indian 617, was on prominent display in the building, with the information that he was KIA-MIA over the Red Sea on Sept. 22, 2013.

To read the rest of this story, check out this week's issue of the St. Elmo Banner!

50th annual Schuetzenfest gets underway on Oct. 2 Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 28 September 2015 13:45


When the Altamont Schuetzenfest begins on Friday, Oct. 2, it will mark the 50th anniversary of the inaugural event.

Organizers have been busy planning activities for the two-day affair including bands, an auction, vendors’ exhibits, and the annual coronation of royalty. As always, buckets for beer will be available.

The gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday night, with food and music until 11:30 p.m. Bounce houses for children and T-shirt vendors will be onsite.

Saturday will kick off with a kickball tournament, volleyball tournament, and car show that all begin at 10 a.m. Check-in for the tournaments is set for 9:30 a.m.

Stuckemeyer Auction will hold a consignment auction at 10 a.m., as well.

At 11 a.m., bounce houses and food vendors open, 50th annual Schuetzenfest gets underway on Oct. 2 along with wine tasting by Foresee Winery, Willey Pottery, and T-shirt vendors.

The Feudin’ Hillbillies will take the stage on Saturday night.

The Schuetzenfest board invites all previous king and queens to be recognized at the festivities on Saturday night. These honorees will receive reserved parking and two meal tickets. The first 30 to RSVP will also receive a gift bag. They will then be recognized at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage underneath the grandstand before the 2015 coronation.

The board is also seeking owners of Schuetzenfest memorabilia interested in selling to collectors.

For more information about the event, email Beth Smith at

For profiles of the king and queen candidates, get this week's issue of the Altamont News!

Altamont Garden Club announces Fall Festival plans Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 13:55

The Altamont Garden Club will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Fall Festival on Sept.. 12 at Schmidt Park from 11:30a.m.-4 p.m. The garden club will be selling pork burgers, brats and sauerkraut, hot dogs, chips and drinks starting at 11:30. For dessert, check out all the fresh baked goods at the bake sale stand.

Check out the Sept. 1 issue of the Altamont News for more info!


Rhodes wins St. Elmo Citizen of the Year Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 September 2015 12:15


The culminating event at St. Elmo’s Labor Day Celebration on Monday, Sept. 7, was also the culmination of Anna Jean Rhodes’ life of community service. Rhodes, who moved to St. Elmo in 1938, won the city’s Citizen of the Year award.

Rhodes currently serves as a writer of St. Elmo news for several publications, while also being active in many organizations. She is a part of the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization, for which she serves as second vice president, St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, St. Elmo Education Foundation. She also is the secretary of Historical Vandalia, Inc.

St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Events Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 August 2015 14:00

Saturday, September 5

8 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk

8 a.m. - City Wide Garage Sales

8 a.m. - Farmers Market (on Bank Lot) Flea Market, Crafts, Food

4 p.m. - Pet Parade (line up at 6th Place by Bradford Supply)

6-9 p.m. - Cruise in and dance with DJ at Main and 5th Streets in case of rain high school

9 p.m. - Fireworks (at Tower Lake); rain date: Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sunday, August 31

6 p.m. - Gospel band “Water to Wine” at St. Elmo

Christian Church.

Monday, September 1

Pony rides all day

6-9:30 a.m. - Pancake breakfast at the firehouse

9 a.m. - Concession stands, flea markets, booths open. Pony rides all day.

10:30 a.m. - Parade begins. Line up at high school at 9 a.m. south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main and turn east on Fourth. Parade ends at bank. $2 early entry fee. $5 entry fee day of parade

12-6 p.m. - Dunking booth and inflatable

12:30 p.m. - Parade winners will be announced at 5th and Main St.

1-5 p.m. - Bingo at the corner of 5th and Main St., sponsored by SEBA

5 p.m. - St. Elmo Lion’s Cakewalk

6:15 p.m. Announcement of Citizen of the Year

6:30-9:30 p.m. - Straight Lace Band at 5th and Main St.

8 p.m. - SEBA 50/50 drawing will be held. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Need not be present to win. Gun raffle drawing (or $500 cash) $10 each

Parade sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club. Proceeds go to their scholarship fund. Sponsored by the St. Elmo business association in cooperation with the city of St. Elmo.

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